Lions' bingo to benefit community causes

When the Roaring Run Lions have their sixth annual Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket Bingo, the evening will offer many opportunities to win prizes — while also supporting many community causes.

The Sept. 13 event at Reese Fire Hall will include 20 regular games of bingo as well as four special games, four raffles, a 50/50 raffle and pull-tab games.


"They are incredible," Lion Linda Auerback said of the raffles and specials. "Bare Trucking filled one tote bag [for a special] with over $200 in products plus a $50 gift card. And the Horizon of Hope raffle includes four baskets. They are pink inside and have wood blocks that say 'Hope' and are also generously filled. All the proceeds of that basket go to the Susan G. Komen program."

There will also be a Ravens raffle. "It's a purple Boardwalk basket and a purple Paper Tray basket filled with Ravens items, including a Ravens license plate tag and an autographed picture of Ravens coach John Harbaugh. The value is over $600 for this raffle," Auerback said.


Foods for sale will include chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches, barbecue, hot dogs, chicken noodle soup, nachos and cheese, veggie trays, fruit cups, chips, candy and baked goods. Soda, water and coffee will be available for purchase, too.

Bring a can of food for Carroll County Food Sunday and receive a card for a free game. "Bring as many cans as you like, but get only one free game," Auerback said.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with early bird specials starting at 6:45 p.m. and regular bingo beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door and include the 20 regular games of bingo.

The prize baskets and bags will be filled and a consolation prize will go to all tied winners.

"We have about 20 consolation prizes and they are all Longaberger or Vera Bradley products," Auerback said.

"Proceeds from this event will benefit community projects including supplying free eye exams and preschool vision screening, support of the Roaring Run Lions community park, and our support of community organizations involved in substance abuse prevention and helping the homeless," according to club member Vicki Mahr.

"We also give to Finksburg library," said Auerback. "Substance abuse prevention is something we added last year, including donating to Weber Sober Homes. Many of our baskets and bags were sponsored in memory of someone lost to substance abuse."

Auerback said, "We are the best game in town. People thank us when they leave, saying they had the best time and it is almost like coming to a party. I am surprised at how many people have such a great time. Part of that is because our prizes are so good."

The fire hall is at 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Reese.

For tickets or more information, call Linda Auerback at 410-876-3378 or Laura Ganske at 410-848-2371

Chili BBQ fundraiser


The Lance Corporal Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project will have its first fundraiser with a meal, dancing and more from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at American Legion Carroll Post 31, 2 Sycamore St., Westminster.

Look for chili, pork and beef barbecue, baked beans, salad, dessert, rolls, beer, soda and wine at the event, as well as a cash bar, raffles, a money wheel and a 50/50 raffle. Attendees can dance to music by the Chris Reynolds Band, too.

Raffle items will include liquor baskets and Baltimore Blast tickets, a Ravens gift basket, a Blossom and Basket gift, a basket from Cookie Lee, gift cards, handcrafted walking sticks and more.

Tickets cost $20 and will not be sold at the door. All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 10. To purchase tickets, make checks payable to L.Cpl. Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project and mail to P.O. Box 281, Douglassville, PA 19518.

The project will promote education about Memorial Day and Veterans Day as well as appreciation of troops and veterans through education in schools. It also seeks to provide assistance to wounded and returning troops and their families on an as-needed basis.

Matt Snyder joined the Marines just after graduating from Westminster High School in 2003. In February 2006 he deployed to Iraq as a gunner and one month later was killed while returning to camp.

Snyder had volunteered to deliver supplies to his front-line comrades when he was killed, according to his aunt Jane Perkins.

His Marine brothers had nicknamed him Snoops and named their base camp after him.

Snyder's mother, Julie Francis, said of his nickname: "This was because he was a gunner. Therefore, when he was on security detail he was up in the turret of the military Humvee as a lookout."

Snyder's family got together to form a nonprofit in his honor, and incorporated Camp Snoops in its name.

Perkins said, "My husband Tommy and I and my sister Julie, Matt's mom, founded the charity."

While the nonprofit status has not yet come through, they are moving forward to raise funds.

For more information call 610-636-7377. Learn more at http://campsnoops.org or find them on Facebook.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. Reach her at 410-346-7321 or szymanski3@verizon.net.

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